360 Finance, Not Just Because Ant Financial Is Going Public

We are usually reluctant to participate in IPOs and upcoming Ant Financial issue, 33% owned by Alibaba (Nasdaq: BABA), will be no different. The issue did nudge us to take a closer look at the online lending space in China again, including 360 Finance, Inc. (Nasdaq: QFIN), which is one of the three major next-generation online lending platforms in the country. We are impressed with what we saw. Even though investors continue to ignore 360 Finance, the business has transitioned towards more data & technology-centric, away from credit risk management.…

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Lemonade Inc. IPO Will Be Hot, So Be Patient

We were looking through recent IPOs, some of those covered in our previous note, but a more exciting one is the one coming soon – Lemonade Inc. (NYSE: LMND). Even though the company offers renters and homeowner insurance, if you are expecting insurance like business valuation, you will be in for a surprise. Case in point insurance comparison sites SelectQuote (Nasdaq: SLQT) and EverQuote (Nasdaq: EVER) Other than profitability almost everything that excites growth-oriented investors is going for this ‘insurtech’ play, companies combining insurance and technology. Extremely high sales growth,…

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